Podcast 187 — Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Room, Stung, Last Shift, Attack on Titan Part 2, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Martian, Everest, The 33


I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

Greetings from a podcast recorded a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Yes, it’s another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted as ever by those unforceful dudes Mark & Jerry. With the first new Star Wars movie to appear in several parsecs (yes, parsecs), the guys examine this Wookiee deposit & try to decide if it’s worth watching — or just a lightspeed version of the original.

Following that is a review of Room, the excellent adaptation of Emma Donoghue‘s novel about a woman & her young son trapped in a backyard shed by a lunatic kidnaper — who is also father of the boy. It is a harrowing story & one of the best movies of the past year.

Occasionally there is a creature-feature worth watching. Stung is one such movie. Gigantic, mutated hornets invade an upper-crust garden party with hilariously gruesome results. The inimitable Lance Henrikson steals every scene he’s in. Following that is the low-budget but excellent Last Shift from 2014. Starring Juliana Harkavy, this is a night at work that would make anyone want to quit.

A quick discussion of a pair of sequels — Attack on Titan Part 2 & Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials — offer perfect examples of what is wrong with most sequels.

The show ends with some rapid-fire opinions on a few mainstream movies recently seen by our doddering duo, including The Martian, Everest, The 33, The H8ful Eight, The Big Short, Legend, In the Heart of the Sea & Trumbo. Just in time for the Oscars. And the winner is….